The Glendale High School varsity football team secured a 29-26 win at Duarte last Friday, marking a strong start to its regular season. Led by first-year head coach Manuel Lemus, the Nitros clinched their first season-opening win since their 2019 victory over Mendez High of Los Angeles.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Wells completed 19 of 25 passes for 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns while displaying his versatility with 30 rushing yards on seven carries and a two-point conversion. Senior Alfred Intriago rushed for a team-high 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, made a pair of receptions for 19 yards and added five solo tackles on defense. Sophomore Rudy Cuellar caught 10 passes for a team-high 142 yards and a touchdown with five tackles on defense.
Senior Zandrel Bellon had a pair of receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown with four tackles on defense, senior Austin Aldrete made five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown and senior Gerardo Contreras rushed for 7 yards on two carries with four tackles on defense.
Sophomore Alexander Shirvanian recorded a team-high six tackles with one sack, senior Alejandro Maravilla tallied four tackles, and sophomore Brady Aldrete finished with two tackles and a sack. Junior Mark Dacles and freshman Anthony Anagholoupian each had one tackle while sophomore Patrick Caceres scored one PAT.
The Nitros (1-0 overall) hosted Mendez High yesterday; the nonleague game ended after the Glendale News-Press’ deadline and will be included in next week’s issue. Glendale will next visit Mark Keppel High in Alhambra on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. before hosting Beverly Hills on Sept. 8.
The Tornados suffered a 26-17 loss at Pasadena Polytechnic in their season opener last Friday.
Junior Armen Tovmasyan registered six tackles while senior Aram Darbinyan, senior Isaac Perez and junior Javon Lymon each tallied five tackles. Freshman Alfredo Milian Moreno finished with four tackles while junior Joel Jauregui recorded three tackles. Senior Gabriel Danetaras notched two tackles and a pair of sacks, while junior Jonathan Manukyan had two tackles and a sack. Seniors Anderson Thombs and Petros Kesabyan each produced two tackles, while senior Joseph Dizon, senior Daniel Baneham, junior Davion Holloway and sophomore Gabriel Garcia each had one tackle.
Hoover (0-1 overall) began a six-game homestand following the season opener and recently hosted Ganesha in a nonleague game; the result was unavailable by the Glendale News-Press’ deadline and will be included in next week’s issue. The Tornados’ following home games will include a pair of nonleague contests against Gabrielino High of San Gabriel on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. and South Pasadena on Sept. 8.
The Falcons opened the regular season at Eagle Rock yesterday; the game ended after the Glendale News-Press’ deadline and will be included in next week’s issue.
CVHS will host West Covina for a nonleague game on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. before visiting San Marino on Sept. 8.
First published in the August 26 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.